Klez-E worm triggers today

Let's be careful out there

The Klez-E worm is due to activate today on the tenth anniversary of Michelangelo, one of the first widespread computer viruses.

Like Michelangelo, Klez-E tries to destroy data on infected computers. It attempts to disable several anti-virus products and delete some anti-virus related files. Klez-E was first spotted last November and is still spreading. It usually arrives by email, with a variety of different subject headers explained in more detail here.

MessageLabs, the managed service firm, reports blocking 848 copies of Klez-E inthe last 24 hours.

PC users are advised to guard against the worm by checking that their computers are free of infection. If you don't have AV software installed on your PC a number of free packages exist. ®

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